2017 Variety Bash brings gifts to Mount Isa Schools

Variety Bash stops by Wellington, NSW. Brian Burden, Brian Hoare, Nopoleon Bone-apart and Charles Stuart. Photo: Wellington Times
Variety Bash stops by Wellington, NSW. Brian Burden, Brian Hoare, Nopoleon Bone-apart and Charles Stuart. Photo: Wellington Times

Students of three Mount Isa schools will welcome 300 drivers and passengers of the Variety B to B Bash this week, 2017 Rodeo Week.

Bashers are travelling 4800km at around 400km a day, from Belmore, NSW to Buffalo Creek, Darwin to raise money for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

On Monday night the bash’s Black Tie Night will be a welcome break from driving thousands of kilometres through the outback.

On Tuesday morning the cars visit Mount Isa Special School bright and early for breakfast from 7 – 8.30am before visiting the School of the Air in the afternoon.

Barkly Highway State School invites members of the public to join them and the 300 drivers and passengers for brekky rolls and delicious coffee on Wednesday morning from 7 – 8.30.

​The Variety Bash will grant equipment and resources to the three schools, Mount Isa State Special School will receive new accessible bubblers, playground equipment will be granted to Mount Isa School of the Air and Barkly Highway State School will enjoy some new sensory room play items.

The Bash took off last Thursday, August 3 from Belmore, NSW and travelled through Wellington, Bourke, Hungerford, Thargomindah, Adavale, and Blackall, before arriving in Winton on Sunday, August 6.

The drivers stayed in Winton overnight before breakfast at Winton State School where they gifted students with new sports equipment, including a giant chess set.

The Bash leaves Isa on Wednesday August 9 heading to Avon Downs, Tennant Creek, Spell Paddock Bore, Katherine, Jabiru and finish at Buffalo Creek, Darwin, on August 13.

NSW Motoring Events Manager for Variety – the Children’s Charity, Stuart Telfer, said the bash is a celebration of hard-won fundraising.

“The Variety B2B Bash crews spend the year fundraising to help Aussie kids overcome the challenges they face to get the most out of life.”

“The reward at the end of the year’s fundraising is to see the joy on the faces of the kids they have helped whilst having an Outback adventure.

“All of the money raised by the Variety Bash helps give a fair go to Aussie kids who miss out, because that’s the Variety way,” Mr Telfer said.

The equipment is part of $80,000 worth of grants the Variety Bash will give to regional and rural schools during the event to help ensure kids, no matter where they live, don’t miss out.